Most of us would agree that there are a few foods you have to serve if you want to host a good old-fashioned cookout. Though hamburgers and hot dogs certainly top the list, there are a few side dishes that every barbecue needs — one of which is a flavorful potato salad.
Though there is an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to potato salad, this side dish really boils down to three things: the potatoes, the dressing, and the add-ins.
Some potatoes are starchy and dry, others are waxy and moist. The best potatoes for potato salad are waxy ones like red-skinned, new, or fingerling varieties. If you can’t find those, Yukon Gold potatoes (which are somewhere between waxy and starchy) make a good substitute.
The last key element to your potato salad are those ingredients that you toss in for texture, color, and flavor. Want to give your potato salad some crunch? Try sprinkling it with crispy, cooked, crumbled bacon. Need a splash of color and a bold pop of flavor? How about a chiffonade of fresh herbs? Whatever you decide, your potato salad will be delicious.
Need a few great recipes to get you started? We’ve got 15 we know you’ll love.
Asparagus, Red Pepper, and Potato Salad
If you’re looking for a healthy and colorful potato salad, then you’re going to love this recipe. Asparagus and red bell pepper add bright, vibrant color to the dish, and the salad is dressed with mustard and vinegar instead of heavy, calorie-laden mayonnaise.
Easy Greek Yogurt Potato Salad
Thick, tangy Greek yogurt is the perfect substitute for mayonnaise when you want to make a healthy potato salad. Season the yogurt dressing with salt and cayenne for the perfect balance of flavors.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.